James Blake - 'Overgrown'

James Blake - 'Overgrown'

There was a time, before the melancholy of his self-titled 2011 debut album, when James Blake dealt in the sort of ribcage-rattling bass music that made the walls of basement raves shudder and quake. These days the 24-year-old Londoner leans more...

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James Blake – 'Digital Lion'

James Blake – 'Digital Lion'

He might briefly have been a laughing stock on the blogosphere for his attack on how dubstep has mutated in the US (he called it “a pissing competition” for a “frat-boy market”), but UK producer James Blake has still had an amazing 12...

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James Blake – 'Retrograde'

James Blake – 'Retrograde'

The first single from JB’s second album ‘Overgrown’ is weightier, bassier and more confident than anything on his debut and shows he CAN do original songs. The line “ Ignore everybody else, we’re alone now ” could be from one of R...

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James Blake - 'Love What Happened Here'

James Blake - 'Love What Happened Here'

In a parallel universe, James Blake is actually a 50-something jazz groover with wandering hands and a predisposition to go all damp-eyed at the mention of funky ’80s keyboards and bachelor bars. Our version of Blake is a lanky glitch-step...

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James Blake - 'Curbside'

James Blake - 'Curbside'

Ditching the sultry vocal caresses of his eponymous debut, JB’s return is heralded instead with tough beats, glitchy drones and some bad-ass samples courtesy of Quasimoto’s ‘Return Of The Loop Digga’. It’ll bother zero mainstream charts,...

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Album Review: James Blake - 'Enough Thunder'

James Blake - 'Enough Thunder'

It’s widely accepted that James Blake ’s debut album didn’t meet expectations, with its diversion into vocal-driven pop feeling like a step backward from the psychedelic bass-driven intensity of his earlier EPs. Though decent in parts, the...

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Album Review: James Blake- James Blake (Atlas/A&M)

James Blake- James Blake (Atlas/A&M)

Even now, seasoned hype-watchers may feel entitled to ask: who the hell is James Blake ? During the course of a whirlwind 18-month rise to fame, the 21-year-old producer has been branded dubstep ninja, Brit School pseud, emo pub singer and high...

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